Where to Live in DC?

Every year around this time, I get the wanderlust. Part of me thinks about moving off to another city, part of me thinks about moving into the District to become a formal “city mouse”. Not that I don’t love my current neighborhood, but part of me thinks that the District is where it’s at. So, if that’s the case, where do I look? I know Wayan’s high on Petworth, but I don’t think I want a half million dollar mortgage right now. Where’s good these days? I hear good thinks about the new North of Massachusetts neighborhood that’s getting developed, or maybe something over near the new ballpark, given my love for the Nationals.

My budget? Well, it’s kinda variable, and a lot of things depend on what we sell our current place for. Let’s just say it’s around $400k. Pluses: within a mile of a metro station (line doesn’t matter) or on a bus-line straight to a metro. Parking for a single car that’s feasible. Minuses: nowhere near public transit, high condo/HOA fees.

What’s the word on the street DC?

8 Comments so far

  1. districtdirt on May 20th, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

    Petworth over NoMa for sure. Noma’s shaping up to be mostly office buildings, because thats where the real estate market is right now. There’s no rowhomes to speak of, rowhomes being one of the great parts of living in DC.

  2. Tom Bridge (tbridge) on May 20th, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

    I saw some decent sales up in Brightwood, north of Petworth, but it’s a bit of a haul from the Metro… Going to troll the neighborhood tomorrow.

  3. Max (mcook) on May 20th, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

    Yeah, NoMa is a NoGo.

    I think in a few years the area around the Nats stadium will be awesome, especially for you, being a baseball freak and all. I think it’s a giant preconstruction zone right now.

    It depends on how much space you need. If you definitely want parking, you’ll probably be looking at a one bedroom. If not, you may be able to find a two bedroom. And do you want a condo or a rowhouse? There are lots and lots of variables to the equation.

    x + y^3 * (z – 2) = $400K

  4. Tom Bridge (tbridge) on May 20th, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

    There’s some condo stuff in NoMa, but for the most part, it’s a commercial area, which I’d be kinda fine with, too.

    Ideally, I’d like a rowhouse, but they tend to take a real premium…

  5. amandaa on May 20th, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

    How about Brookland? it’s a bit isolated, but is on the red line and the distance seems to be part of its charm–adds to the peaceful feeling, I gather. Not sure about prices, though.

  6. agoff on May 21st, 2008 @ 8:46 am

    I have friends (young professionals) who live in Mount Pleasant… it’s close to the happening U st along with the metro… surprisingly they love it along with its own little culture and find it safe and in this market perhaps now affordable.

  7. jyoung on May 21st, 2008 @ 9:45 pm


    I guess 8,000 new condos and apartments under development is nothing? There is actually a large number or residential projects. It’s just going to be a real mix of residential, retail, and office. Check out http://www.nomabid.org. And there are quite a number of rowhouses east of the tracks…

  8. jyoung on May 21st, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

    I don’t know what happened to that link… nomabid

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